Project Details 23rd UNESCO/IUPAC Postgraduate Course in Polymer Science

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01 November 2018
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Polymer Division
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To enable young university graduates and PhDs from countries with limited research facilities to acquire knowledge of recent advances in polymer science and professional skills needed for promotion of polymer science in their home countries and worldwide.

> link to info on previous courses (project 2015-046-1-400)


The Course is being organized annually since the academic year 1996–1997 by the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic) – with financial support of the Czech Academy of Sciences and under the auspices of IUPAC and the Czech Commission for UNESCO.
The Institute has experience in postgraduate polymer science education of more than 60 years and offers up to date facilities for polymer science. The Course lasts 10 months and comprises primarily experimental work on research projects under supervision of Institute scientists, then compulsory lectures and laboratory demonstrations in modern polymer science, and also access to all educational activities within the Institute. At the end of each run of the Course, all of the participants report on their project results in a public meeting, where also a certificate including UNESCO and IUPAC logos is issued to the participants – new graduates.

The Course is now a global activity – with graduates from all continents except Australia and North America, represents a major educational activity within Polymer Division, and contributes to a positive image of IUPAC even outside the professional community.

The 22nd run (the year 2017–2018) has been completed by 10 participants at the end of July 2018.

The 23rd and 24th runs of the Course will be held during the academic years 2018–2019 and 2019–2020. The 23rd Course started in October 2018 and covers the 2018-19 academic calendar. The Course was awarded the IUPAC-Samsung Education Prize for 2005 and received again this year support from the Hanwha-Total fund.


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